Quite some time ago, we posted about life skills and various activities to learn or in which to engage. Let’s refresh our memories on the character traits that help us be better all-around, as both citizens in our communities and individuals. Continue Reading →
Okay, Mama. Okay, Daddy. We’re going to discuss parenting your child with intention. We’ll get there. Before we do, I wanted to provide you with helpful resources. I’d suggest you start with the free temperament sorter. A full report is available for $19.99, but for these purposes, establishing who you are and how you order your world, the free will do nicely. We’ve provided websites that discuss child abuse and online parenting resources. Community resources can (usually) be found at your local health department.
If you feel that you or others around you may cause harm, please call 911 or 1-800-422-4453 – The national child abuse hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
This list is not comprehensive. We will come back and add more resources as we find them or they are shared with us.
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Resources:
SAMHSA’s Children and Families
SAMHSA’s Protection and Advocacy
Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website
Trauma, Violence & Abuse
Keirsey Temperament Sorter
Online Parenting Resources:
In the vein of intentional parenting, some blogs to encourage you as you set goals and reach them as a family.
Intentional – derives from intent, which derives from what one intends:
Intend: : to plan or want to do (something) : to have (something) in your mind as a purpose or goal
: to plan for or want (someone or something) to do or be something
: to want (something that you control, provide, or have made) to be used for a particular purpose or by a particular person
Intentional parenting then means that you want to parent with a purpose, with an intent, a goal. Intentional parenting is deciding what you want for your children, for yourself as a parent, and for your family as a whole (an entire unit).
What is a parent’s primary responsibility? Is it raising young adults who respect others? Allowing kids to be kids? Instilling trust and integrity in these young people? Is it a lesson from God? Is it a psycho-social benefit of having community? Is it raising a new generation, a next generation?
Determine the purpose of parenting and work towards that goal.
We will discuss setting goals, what kind of goals we should have, and how to reach them. We will also address setting new goals, adjusting for time and age of the children, and helping our children reach adulthood.
So what is your primary purpose of parenting?
Have you heard?
The Five Love Languages identify the way you communicate with individuals in your personal sphere of influence. Go here: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/ to take the assessment. Come back once you’ve received your results and we’ll discuss each way people communicate, how they listen, and what messages we send in our communications. These love languages can be used with friends, siblings, spouses, and children.
Dr. Chapman’s Personal Anger Assessment helps determine the level of control you have over your anger or your anger has over you. http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/anger/
These are just some of the ways we will discover how to improve our own life and communication skills.
As part of the life coach training our staff and/or volunteers undergo, we study mindfulness and being more intentional. Mindfulness – in its simplest form – is intentionally being present or being intentionally present. In the moment, not allowing your mind to wander far from the current event or situation.
Join us as we explore the various opportunities and means we have to intentionally engage and parent our children.
What are family meetings? Are they important? What do you do in a family meeting? What is the purpose of a family meeting? Continue Reading →